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Ilze Brink-Button

Adjunct Instructor of Horn



Ilze Brink-Button, a native of South Africa, had been a lecturer of Horn at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, for the past 11 years and horn instructor at Binghamton University for since January, 2020. Prior to that she was the horn professor at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY for 15 years where she also directed the brass ensembles. Ilze started her first musical instruction at the age of 7 on the piano. She began studying the horn at the age of 11 and soon thereafter won several concerto competitions in South Africa on both French Horn and Piano. Additionally, she won several scholarships to further her musical studies from the Royal College of Music and UNISA (South Africa). At the age of 13 she made her solo debut playing concertos on both horn and piano playing with the Free State Symphony Orchestra and the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, South Africa. She won several concerto competitions to play with other orchestras, including the CAPAB Symphony Orchestra in Cape Town and the South African Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra where she appeared twice on National Television playing concertos on horn. She also recorded several live television and radio recordings, performing chamber music works including the Brahms Horn Trio, Mozart Horn Quintet, Beethoven Sextet and many more. From 1978 to 1982 Ilze was a member of the South African National Youth Orchestra and toured Israel, France and Switzerland in 1978 with the orchestra. In February 1984 she won a full-time assistant principal horn position with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra (CTSO), Cape Town, South Africa and toured Taiwan and Hong Kong with that organization in November of 1988. Ilze was a Music Performance Major at the University of the Free State in South Africa and furthered her studies with John Covert at Ithaca College of Music during her absence from the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. In 1987, while a student at Ithaca College, she earned the privilege of performing the Franz Strauss Horn Concerto with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra as a winner of that Institution’s concerto competition. During summers between 1990 and 2015 Ilze served on the faculty of the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute in Oneonta, NY as well as the New York Summer Music Festival. Her duties there included French Horn Instructor, Horn Ensembles coach, member of the Faculty Woodwind Quintet and Brass quintet. She currently teaches horn at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Italy, as well as the Eastern U.S. Music camp at Colgate University during summers. In 2019 Ilze launched Saranc Horn Retreat, a haven for horn players to gather in a non-competitive setting to play together and grow as musicians, enjoying camaraderie in the beautiful Adirondacks.Horn Retreat is a haven for horn players to gather in a non-competitive setting to play together. Since moving to the United States, she has held positions with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Utica Symphony Orchestra, Catskill Symphony Orchestra and various other regional professional musical organizations. Ilze also performed regularly with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria, Albany Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic and the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra.